Brad Stevens: I Wouldn't Vote Myself Coach of the Year over Anyone Else in NBA

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2018

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens instructs his players in the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Monday, April 30, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters prior to Wednesday's Game 5 against the Philadelphia 76ers that he had no problem with his peers selecting Dwane Casey of the Toronto Raptors as Coach of the Year.   

"I looked at the sheet and there's no way that I would have voted for me over any of the other 29 people," Stevens said, according to The Athletic's Jay King. "And the guy that should have won got it. And the other guys that got votes, like, they're unbelievable. I'm stealing from those guys all the time. It's so incredible to have an opportunity to be one of the 30." 

On Wednesday, the New York Times' Marc Stein reported Casey was named the National Basketball Coaches Association's Coach of the Year for the 2017-18 season after leading the Raptors to a franchise-record 59 wins. 

Stevens, meanwhile, didn't garner one vote. It should be noted, however, that coaches are only able to vote for one of their peers instead of listing first, second and third-place vote-getters.

"I think you know me well enough that all that stuff doesn't (matter)," Stevens said, per King. "So anyways, it means a lot more to me when I get a text message or you hear something nice from a former player, because those are the guys that are in the locker room and you're spending all that time with." 

Once the vote distribution was revealed, former Celtics guards Isaiah Thomas and Evan Turner voiced their displeasure with the results: 

Isaiah Thomas @isaiahthomas

No way in hell Brad Stevens doesn’t win Coach of the year. No disrespect to the other head coaches but He’s by far the best coach in the NBA

Evan Turner @thekidet

That’s crazy..only in America! https://t.co/D9TGkz5O8B

Stevens, who led the Celtics to a 55-27 finish despite season-ending injuries to Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving, is sure to garner serious consideration for the NBA's official Coach of the Year honor. 

That award will be handed out June 25 in Los Angeles at the league's annual awards show. 


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